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“The best of all the Mansions!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rough Point

Rough Point
680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-849-7300
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Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #8 of 102 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.
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“The best of all the Mansions!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We visited most all of the mansions before Rough Point and this was the best! This house felt like a family home and that it had been "really lived in". So many of the others were over the top with opulence, but this one was comfortable. One can just imagine Doris Duke wandering around with a pack of dogs following her from room to room!

Visited September 2012
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“A little different mansion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Rough Point, the former home of Doris Duke (at 13 she was the richest non-royal female in the world). This is not one of the Preservation Society mainsions, so no package deals here. That said, it has a little more of a personal feel than the others. This is largely because it was a home until fairly recently. I didn't tour the mansion, but my wife did and was glad she did. It's a guided tour not an audio, that can be good or bad depending on your tastes. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

The gate keeper was nice enough to let me wander the grounds while I was waiting on my wife. They were my favorite grounds of all the mansions. Very rolling with a little rocky inlet from the bay. There are also gardens which are still tended, but we visited in September so they were not at their most impressive.

Visited September 2012
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“More Than Just A Rich Woman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Doris Duke was wealthy and lived in a mansion originally built for a Vanderbilt. But Doris Duke was very much her own person. She was independent, interested in many things, adventurous and cared greatly about animals and those less fortunate than herself. She did much to preserve Newport's colonial architecture. A different kind of tour and very worth it.

Visited September 2012
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“An extraordinary experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Unlike the 1890s Gilded Age cottages, Doris Duke's 1920s mansion is thrilling for a more "real life" experience of how the wealthy lived later, in the 20th century. The expansive grounds are beautiful; the ocean is at your feet. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Really Beautiful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Perhaps best experienced AFTER you see the HBO movie "Bernard and Doris" (2006) with Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes as THIS mansion was the Summer home of Doris Duke. It is not part of the typical historical society package, so you will pay separately to tour this mansion, but it should not be missed! My fondest memories of touring a mansion in Newport is of Rough Point and the unmoderated wandering and photo ops of the luxurious grounds after the tour.

Visited August 2012
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